It really has taken me a long time to get back here, I'm so sorry!
We've been sick, passing a cold around the six of us over and over again. I read a couple of novels that have been on the popular reading lists lately. I learned that I should keep my reading to classics. I'm very sensitive and I really need to be mindful of what I take into my mind. The old adage "junk in, junk out" applies to me in a very noticeable way. So, I need to remember that when I choose what to read, it needs to be something that elevates me and makes me grow rather than just something to kill time. So I spent a week teetering on the brink of insanity after that, but I'm all better now. ;)
I've been kind of dragging my feet on sharing all the stuff I made during December because it was a lot and it feels like a whole lot of work to prepare those posts, but I need to just plunge in and do it. So here we go, post number one of my crazy making month. These posts will be in no particular order or theme and depending on the quantity of the photos, there may be multiple projects to a post or just one.
Here we go.
As far as time goes, I knitted a lot more than anything else. Of course, knitting, being a one-stitch-at-a-time activity (the thing I love the most about knitting), the output of other things was greater with less time.
Anyway, first knitted project:
Unknown bulky yarn
Buttons pilfered from a sweater I knitted for James when he was three (actually, the second set of buttons on that sweater, which had a button odyssey, and will need new buttons again before John can wear it)
So soft and beautiful, and looked absolutely gorgeous on its recipient (but modeled here by Elisabeth, of course). One of the biggest successes of my making season, I think!
I also made a little batch of soap. I did a heat and pour method, heavily inspired (with oils and spices) by this Holiday Spice Soap. Now I want to try my hand at real soap making, despite the warnings of my mom about a friend's 2-year-old brother who died from drinking lye in the 1950's. I mean, the family was storing lye under the kitchen sink. I'm totally not going to do that.
Seriously, though, with some serious safety precautions in place, I think soap making sounds so fun and I really want to try it, especially because this simple heat and pour soap turned out so beautifully, and smelling so, so good.
So that's the start. I hope I don't forget anything along the way!